Mission Statement and By-Laws
Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado
GMCC’s mission is to promote and encourage contesting enjoyment for its members while striving to be the best statewide contesting club in Colorado involving all levels of contest operators, encouraging contest use and activity of all modes, all bands and frequencies, and increasing contesting operations and activities in the state.
Wishing to secure the pleasures and benefits of a statewide association of persons commonly interested in amateur radio contesting, we constitute ourselves as the Grand Mesa Contesters of Colorado and enact this constitution as our governing law. It shall be our purpose to encourage and promote contesting operations and activities for the enjoyment of our members, further the exchange of information and cooperation between members and other contesters, to promote radio contesting knowledge, fraternalism, and operating efficiency, and to conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio contesting in the state.
Article I: Membership
ALL LICENSED persons interested in amateur radio contesting shall be eligible for membership in the GMCC. Membership shall be by application upon such terms as the club shall provide for in its by-laws, AND PAYMENT OF ANNUAL DUES.
Article II: Officers
Section 1: The officers of this club shall be the president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer, and trustee.
Section: 2: The officers of the club shall be elected for a term of two years by vote of the membership in December.
Section 3: Vacancies occurring between elections may be filled by appointment by the current club officers.
Section 4: To assist them conduct their duties, THE OFFICERS MAY APPOINT BOARD MEMBERS by simple majority by the officers. ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS APPOINTED WILL BE THE CLUB’S WEBMASTER WHO MANAGES AND DESIGNS THE GMCC HOMEPAGES AND EMAIL REFLECTOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE OFFICERS. THE WEBMASTER WILL BE A VOTING MEMBER OF THE BOARD.
Article III: Duties of the Officers
Section 1: The president shall preside at meetings, conducting the meetings according to the rules adopted. He shall enforce due observance of this constitution and by-laws; decide all questions of order, sign all official documents adopted by the club, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of president. THESE DUTIES MAY BE DELEGATED TO OTHER OFFICERS AS NEEDED.
Section 2: The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in his absence. In addition he shall assist organizing, promoting, and planning club activities, and advance club interest and activities as approved by the club.
Section 3: The Secretary-Treasurer shall present an annual accounting summary of monies on deposit and disbursed for the club at each annual board meeting, keep roll of paid members, receives membership applications and gathers ARRL membership information, receives and accounts for all monies paid to the club, pay bills with proper authorization by two or more officers – president, vice-president, or trustee. This officer submits membership lists to ARRL and CQ as required by the club competitions and to the GMCC webmaster for updating of website. The secretary may deputize assistants in note keeping at board meetings as needed. At the end of his term, he shall turn over all accounts and data belonging to the club to his successor.
Section 4: The Trustee shall operate as a second vice-president as needed, conducting meetings, organizing, promoting, and planning club activities, and assisting the other officers in the operation of the GMCC. The Trustee is also the applicant, sponsor and holder of the club’s contest call sign, K7VT.
Article IV: Meetings
With the change by ARRL that club members are no longer required to attend meetings, GMCC will periodically have meetings as wanted by officers, board members, or the membership. While not required, GMCC’S GOAL IS TO MEET ONCE A YEAR ON THE eastern AND THE western slope.
Article V: Dues
$15 in dues are collectible on or about the first of January each year and are payable to the Treasurer. OTHER LICENSED FAMILY MEMBERS MAY BECOME GMCC MEMBERS AT AN ADDITIONAL $1 PER YEAR. COLLEGE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP ARE $1 per year. Dues are used to support club activities and programs including the club’s Top Gun Award, plaques, and other certificates.
As voted by a simple majority of the BOARD members, the GMCC may sponsor certain contesting awards including plaques given out by ARRL, CQ, and other clubs. Members may request the GMCC board/officers to support special awards, contest dxpeditions, or other desirable contesting needs.
Article VI: Assistance
If volunteer resources are available within the club, GMCC may endeavor to provide technical advise and assistance to members concerning equipment, antenna design and operations to assist in frequency observance, clean signal, uniform practice and absence of spurious radiations for members stations.
VII. Article: Amendments:
This constitution or by-laws may be amended by a SIMPLE MAJORITY OF VOTING MEMBERS WHO VOTE AT CLUB MEETINGS OR USING THE CLUB’S EMAIL REFLECTOR. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing ON THE REFLECTOR OR at a regular club meeting or annual board meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting provided all members have been notified of the intent to amend the constitution at said meeting. Voting may also be conducted using email or on the GMCC reflector.
VIII. Approval by Board and Officers:
This constitution and by-laws is approved by the following
President: Ken Anderson, W0ETT
Vice President: Phil Krichbaum, N0KE
Trustee: Bill Brown, K0UK
SECRETARY-TREASURER ASHTON LEE, WW0AL
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the constitution and by-laws of the club and have the same with him at every meeting. He shall note all amendments, changes, and additions to the constitution and shall permit it to be consulted by members upon request.
Full membership is open to licensed amateurs who pay annual dues, which permits them the right to hold a club office, vote for club officers, and to vote on other questions raised by the officers/board to the membership. Associate membership is open to those engaged in a class leading to an amateur radio license and all interested persons, however, they may not hold an office or vote.
Regular meetings may be held or called as desired or needed by officers or board members. Special meetings may be called by the president or officers of the club upon written request of any five club members. Notices to the members will be sent via the GMC reflector concerning such special meetings and the specific business to be transacted. Only such business as designated shall be transacted at such a special meeting.
A webmaster shall be appointed by the officers/board members, upon simple majority vote. The webmaster shall be in charge of the design of the website and the GMC reflector. The club will call for a volunteer advisory team of members to assist and advise the webmaster in the design and content on the site.
5. Center of Circle for Club USING 175 MILE RADIUS:
For club competition purposes, the officers/board will determine the center of our club’s circle USING A 175 MILE RADIUS to encompass as many Colorado and adjoining state contesters as possible. At present, GMCC’s circle includes all present Colorado and southern Wyoming based members. As required, members eligible for club competitions must be within the and that list will be forwarded by the Secretary-Treasurer to the appropriate club competition departments of ARRL and CQ Magazine. Other members outside the circle will be listed separately on the website membership list.
6. SPECIAL USE OF THE CLUB’S CALLSIGN
CONTACT THE CLUB’S TRUSTEE K0UK TO USE THE CLUB CALLSIGN: K7VT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS OR CONTESTS.